Thursday, June 28, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018

Episode # 23 guest star: Yvonne Craig



Yvonne Joyce Craig (May 16, 1937 – August 17, 2015) was an American ballet dancer and actress best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960s television series Batman and as the green-skinned Orion slave girl Marta in the Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969). The Huffington Post called her "a pioneer of female superheroes" for television.
After being discovered by Alexandra Danilova, a ballerina and instructor, Craig joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as its youngest corps de ballet member. This training was helpful when she performed stunts while playing Batgirl. She left the ballet company in 1957 "over a disagreement on casting changes" and moved to Los Angeles in the hopes of continuing her dancing career but found herself cast in film roles.

In an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ("The Brain-Killer Affair", 1965), she helps solve the mystery of a brain-endangering poison. Craig appeared as an U.N.C.L.E. employee in a theatrical film, One Spy Too Many (1966) expanded from the episode "The Alexander the Greater Affair". 

When her Hollywood career ended, she ventured into private business. She was briefly a co-producer of industrial shows, before starting a new career as a real estate broker. From 2009 to 2011, she voiced "Grandma" on the animated children's show Olivia. Craig published an autobiography called From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond in 2000. She appeared in the documentary film Ballets Russes. She was also a philanthropist and advocate for workers unions, free mammograms, and equal pay for women. Craig died at age 78 at her home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, on August 17, 2015, from metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her liver.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Code 23A - "Waverly in danger"


Alexander Waverly (Leo G Carroll) usually stays in the UNCLE HQ in most episodes. But in the episode # 23, he is poisoned (through a glass of brandy) and stays unconscious almost all the time, in the clutches of Thrush scientists. Code 23A means "Waverly in danger".




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Monday, June 11, 2018

Episode # 23 Guest Star: Elsa Lanchester



Elsa Sullivan Lanchester (28 October 1902 – 26 December 1986) was an English actress with a long career in theatre, film and television. Lanchester studied dance as a child and after the First World War began performing in theatre and cabaret, where she established her career over the following decade. She met the actor Charles Laughton in 1927, and they were married two years later. She began playing small roles in British films, including the role of Anne of Cleves with Laughton in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). His success in American films resulted in the couple moving to Hollywood, where Lanchester played small film roles.



Her role as the title character in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) brought her recognition. She played supporting roles through the 1940s and 1950s. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Come to the Stable (1949) and Witness for the Prosecution (1957), the last of twelve films in which she appeared with Laughton. Lanchester played a witch in Bell, Book and Candle (1958), and appeared in such films as Mary Poppins (1964), That Darn Cat! (1965) and Blackbeard's Ghost(1968). She appeared on 9 April 1959, on NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. She performed in two episodes of NBC's The Wonderful World of Disney. Additionally, she had memorable guest roles in an episode of I Love Lucy in 1956 and in episodes of NBC's The Eleventh Hour (1964) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1965).


In March 1983, Lanchester released an autobiography, entitled Elsa Lanchester Herself. In the book she alleges that she and Laughton never had children because he was homosexual. Shortly after the release of her autobiography, Lanchester's health took a turn for the worse. She required constant care and was confined to bedrest. In March 1986, the Motion Picture and Television Fund filed to become conservator of Lanchester and her estate which was valued at $900,000. Elsa Lanchester died in Woodland Hills, California on 26 December 1986 aged 84, at the Motion Picture Hospital from bronchopneumonia. Her body was cremated on 5 January 1987, at the Chapel of the Pines in Los Angeles and her ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean.
To read the complete entry on Elsa Lanchester in Wikipedia, click here.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Episode 23 complete: "The Brain-Killer Affair"



The Man From UNCLE
Episode 23
The Brain Killer Affair
Writer: Archie Tegland
Director: James Goldstone
Guests: Elsa Lanchester (Doctor Dabree), Yvonne Craig (Cecily Bergstron), David Hurst (Leland Elmont), Abraham Sofer (Mister Samoy)
Filmed: 10-17 June 1964
Premiere: 08 March 1965
Place: New York (EUA)

Acts:
1 - "... Code 20..."
2 - "... Have Dead..."
3 - "There are risks involved"
4 - "Brain Killers"


FYI: This was one of the first episodes to be filmed, eight months before air. The tone is dark, dealing with death and disease all the way. It explores the drama of disability seriously. It was hard for us, fans in the 1960's seeing venerable Mr Waverly as the victim of a maniac. Yvonne Craig, future Bat Girl, is back to UNCLE. The end of the episode suggests a follow up - that never happened. Code "20A" means “Waverly in danger”.


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Episode # 23: Del Floria's big secret

Somewhere in Manhattan. Napoleon Solo enter the Del Floria's Tailor Shop - Cleaning & Pressing. Recognizing agent Solo, Mist...